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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- Earth Day Edition

Posted 4/22/2016 8:49am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday! 

Happy Earth Day everyone! As organic farmers, every day is Earth Day to us -- each action that we take is done with the intent of protecting our planet and its resources.  We try to be good stewards of the Earth with everything we do.  And we know you care as well -- by supporting a small, local and Certified Organic farm, you are making a statement and contributing to the health of the planet.  With your purchasing decisions, you take positive steps to reduce our impact on the Earth.  We thank you for your support and Mother Earth thanks you as well!

We do not inherit

The great news this week is that the strawberries have started coming in!  They are coming in slowly but the crop is looking good (and tasting amazing!).  We will have some at market this week and hope to have a pick-your-own event in early May.  Watch this space!  Or should I say, watch this busket!

First strawberries of 2016

Here's your educational moment for today:  the berry pictured below is deformed due to inadequate pollination -- enough bees weren't able to get to the flower to ensure even movement of the pollen to the female parts of the flower.  Honeybees are the most efficient pollinators of strawberry plants -- and in this case, they were likely closed out of the field when it was covered due to the cold weather a couple of weeks ago.  So by covering the plants, we lost some berries by excluding pollinators.  See how important bees are?  But you knew that!

Misshapen strawberry

The week has been filled with lots of irrigation (it is amazingly dry for this time of year!), seeding, planting, harvesting and getting the shade cloth on the greenhouse.  This is the earliest we have put shade on the greenhouse -- and it felt like we were running late in getting it covered!  This spring got suddenly hot and it was really impacting the plants inside!  We had conveniently forgotten about the huge hole in the fabric so Ray had to do some fancy needlework (using a twist-tie for a needle!) before we could get the building covered. Who says farmers aren't Jacks (and Jills) of all trades?

Ray mending the shade cloth  A covered greenhouse

And lots of stuff is blooming -- from the lilacs to the fava beans to the blackberries!

White lilac blossom  Fava bean blossoms

Market Updates!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to our Open Greenhouse & Plant Sale!  Wow! What a great day -- and we even got some news coverage!!  Despite an overwhelming turnout, we still have lots of plants left and we'll be bringing them to market this week. 

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including spring garlic, purple and green asparagus (limited amounts), a limited supply of Organic & No-Spray Strawberries, swiss chard, kale, garlic powder and granules, Blackberry and Black Raspberry plants, tomato & herb transplants, and strawberry hanging baskets!  And we will also have lovely irises and delectable jam!  We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1.

Quick Schedule Update:  We are postponing our Turmeric Workshop scheduled for May 1 to a later date (TBD).  We will likely have a PYO that day instead.

Enjoy the Full Pink Moon which appeared at 1:24 a.m. today.  It is the smallest Full Moon of the year, as the Earth and Moon move to their furthest points from each other.

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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